Success Stories

Meet some of the people who have taken advantage of an Immigrant Access Fund loan.


 

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Video: The Future is Bright

Watch how IAF micro loans are helping build brighter futures for internationally trained professionals like Eva Hadzima, Dapo Bankole, and Ionela Cristina Popescu.

 


 

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Passion and Perseverance on the Road to Being a Physician Again

Trained as a doctor in Nigeria, Chibuike Chizea’s Canadian adventure started in 2011. Recertifying as a doctor in Canada is extremely difficult. It’s even harder when you’re separated from family.

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The Catalyst to Reach Personal and Professional Goals in Calgary

A recent immigrant with a Master of Science (Computer Science), Megha Patel brought two years of experience with her as a software engineer from Ahmedabad, India. Leaving her family behind was difficult, but she and her husband migrated to Canada in search of a better life.

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Immigrant from Pakistan; Pharmacist in Saskatoon

A Pharmacist Finds Success in Saskatoon

When speaking with Saiqa Karamut about her career as a pharmacist, you can hear in her voice the genuine joy she has for her work. Saiqa studied Pharmacy in Pakistan and graduated with her degree in Pharmacy before moving to Canada with her parents and siblings in July of 2013.

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IAF Loan Gives Dentist a Second Chance

In the Philippines, dentistry can be a home-based business, which is what drew Mary Jean to this career in her home country. This vocational decision allowed Mary Jean to be home with her young children and have an income. In 2005, Mary Jean and her husband made a significant change in their lives, and moved their family to Calgary, to pursue better opportunities for their kids.

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Making Strides Towards Two Career Paths

Peyman Tabatabaei is always on the go and planning for the future, a mindset that came in handy when planning his family’s immigration to Canada. Born and raised in Iran, he graduated from university and completed his master’s degree in civil/geotechnical engineering.

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Ukrainian Family Finds Opportunity in Canada

Inna Rosales, a single mother of two from Ukraine, wanted a better life for her children. As a Quality Assurance Tester at a telecommunications company in the city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, she was getting by but had hit a ceiling professionally. Employment was unstable and Inna was often working multiple jobs even with her skills and abilities.

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Registered Nurse Fulfills Hopes and Dreams with IAF Loan

Puangkaew Luerueng, the youngest of 5 children in her family, watched her parents sacrifice financially so that her and her siblings could experience higher education. Puangkaew’s love of helping people led her to become an operating nurse in Thailand.

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Finding opportunities in Canada

Abraham Ogidan arrived in Canada in March 2012 from Nigeria, along with his wife and son. They came to Canada because they saw an opportunity for a new beginning in a country that celebrated multiculturalism and presents everyone with the opportunity to grow and excel.

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Amilyn Panotes

Staying True to Her Heart’s Desire

Amilyn Panotes believes in the power of dreams. As a young girl, she dreamed of working in medicine. As a young woman, she dreamed of traveling. As a mother and wife, she dreamed of a good future with her family.

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Fortitude Pays Off After Experiencing Two Canadian Cities

Fahad Mughal viewed Canada as an ideal country—offering excellent education, safety and a good lifestyle for a family. In 2008 he arrived in Edmonton ready to experience everything Canada could offer.

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Paramedic Returns to the Field in Saskatchewan

Gilberto Maraboto and his wife made the long car trip to Saskatoon from Mexico City in October 2012. They did not let bad weather conditions deter their travel and arrived safely to their new home and country.

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Physician Brings Her Expertise to Saskatchewan

Dr. Olamipo Bamigboje and her husband Kay were both physicians in Nigeria before coming to Canada. They both saw coming to Canada as a chance to explore more diverse opportunities for advancing and developing their careers.

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Registered Nurse Finds Career Success in Saskatchewan

Eric Creo was caught in a hard spot. He was working as a Special Care Aid despite having earned a Registered Nursing degree in the Philippines. His foreign credentials weren’t fully recognized when he moved to Saskatchewan in 2010. But working three low paying jobs in Saskatoon did not provide the time or funds to upgrade his professional skills.

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Ramon Golpeo

Helping Others Find Their Way

Ramon Golpeo and his wife Sally immigrated to Canada in 2010 with dreams of giving their 19-year-old son Norman a brighter future. Ramon, a Mechanical Engineer in his native Philippines, was confident he would secure work in his field.

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